Weekly Memes

One Sentence Wednesdays: Angels and Demons

Whoah I totally forgot I had this meme! Anyway, to remind you guys what this is, One Sentence Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Books and Messy Buns where you have to pick up a book you are currently reading, think about what it made you feel so far and describe it in one sentence.

For this week, I am doing the Tome Topple Readathon and I’ve reached the halfway point. It’s been super fun and although I’m taking a break from reading this book, I thought I’d share my thoughts on Angels and Demons by Dan Brown in this 1SW because I have a lot of thoughts on it!

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Angels and Demons is the first book in the Robert Langdon series, and I am a Dan Brown virgin so this is my first book by him! Most of you have probably read it or maybe watched the famous movie, but I came into this book completely blind because I don’t remember watching the movie at all except for some of the minor scenes.

Here is my sentence for the book:

A fast-paced, intriguing historical novel with heart-racing scenes on stunning locations.

Let me know what you thought about my sentence and whether you agree! Did you watch or read Angels and Demons or any of Dan Brown’s other books? What do you think about them, and which book would you recommend me to read after I finish this? And what are you currently reading this week? Feel free to put in YOUR one sentence Wednesdays on the comments 🙂

Sunday Updates: Paris!

Hello everyone, good evening and welcome back to Tea and Paperbacks, new posts every Monday 🙂 For this week’s Sunday Updates, I’m actually gonna tell you my exciting, wet, and very tiring trip to Paris! I went to France for the first time last week for 5 days, where I met my mom and little brother. It was super fun and of course the whole 5 days cannot be summed in just one post (well, it can, but your finger would probably break from scrolling through the super long post), and so I’ll just give you all the highlights of the trip, and a little personal tips and trick for those of you traveling to Paris in the future.

Transportation

The Metro in Paris is annoyingly complex and difficult. In one side I am amazed by how they were able to build it so elaborately and under the ground, but on the other side I am so frustrated by the amount of times I got lost in there. Always bring a Metro line map with you, and plan your way before you actually go.

Musicals

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On my first day we went to watch a musical, Cats, in the Theater Mogador (which is near the Galeries Lafayette). My tip for you is to check thoroughly before you buy any kind of tickets whether they play the musical in English or not. Because my musical turned out to be spoken entirely in French (even the songs). I Googled it before my mom bought the tickets and knew that it was in French, but my mom insisted that it’s definitely in English. Well as a result we spent the whole 3 hours not knowing anything about the musical. It was still wonderful – the music was great, and you can still appreciate the costume and the setting and all that, but it’s still a huge shame.

Clothing

Of course this applies to wherever you’re going – always check the weather forecast not only the day before, but when you go packing before the trip. I checked and even so, I was still very ignorant. The second day of my trip, it was raining so hard, and I only brought a hoodie and a jeans jacket! It was horribly cold. Fortunately the second and third day was sunny. The last day was raining heavily as well, so another tip for me is to bring an umbrella when you know it’s gonna rain, especially the foldable ones, cause a mere hoodie or hooded coat will not help you. They’re super handy and unlike the rain in the Netherlands (with the whole wind where it’s practically useless to have an umbrella), the winds in Paris is very mild so it’s alright to use a weak/foldable umbrella.

Shoes

Again, applicable to all travels, but wear comfy shoes!!! On my third day I was exhausted by evening, especially since I went on a lot of museum tours which never seem that tiring because you’re basically just walking slowly and standing a lot while you’re admiring paintings, but if you do that for hours the whole day, it’ll affect your mood as well throughout the trip. Another personal preference that really works for me is to bring those Tiger Balm ointment thingies for your feet so that at night in the hotel you can use that before you go to bed and the next day your feet won’t get as sore.

Museums

The amazing opera house where the book The Phantom of the Opera was inspired from.

The amazing opera house where the book The Phantom of the Opera was inspired from.

I love museums, and so does my mom. My brother, not so much. But there are so many museums in Paris!!! I both love and hate that fact, because it means you have alot to choose from, but also you just can’t visit all the museums there is. My advice is to plan beforehand and look up if they have English guided tours, because those are the best. I did the one in the Garnier Opera House and it was way better than just walking around without purpose. Also, the famous ones (ahem Louvre ahem) are super crowded and you’ll have to wait in line for a long time, so be prepared. Plus beware of pickpockets and all your belongings while you’re admiring the paintings!

One of my favourite paintings from the Musee d'Orsay

One of my favourite paintings from the Musee d’Orsay

Arc de Triomphe!

Arc de Triomphe!

My favourite museum I visited is probably the Musee d’Orsay, because the paintings there are my style. But I also love the whole vibe of the Picasso Museum, and although the Salvador Dali Museum was quite far from the center, it’s still a great visit. The Notre Dam and the Pantheon museum, and the Catacombs (which was quite creepy but awesome, but beware that you have to wait in line), also the Arc de Triomphe are all a must visit. The Eiffel Tower itself wasn’t a huge highlight for me, we didn’t get up or anything, and although it was great, I preferred the Arc de Triomphe.

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Inside the Pantheon.

Notre Dam - such a shame that I didn't go up! The line was too long and I didn't have the effort to wait that long.

Notre Dam – such a shame that I didn’t go up! The line was too long and I didn’t have the effort to wait that long.

 

The skulls & skeletons on the Catacombs of Paris.

The skulls & skeletons on the Catacombs of Paris.

Paris Pass

Let me tell you guys something. The Paris Pass is amazing and you won’t regret buying it! My mom bought us the four day pass and it was such a good thing. It basically requires you to buy a pass, and you get so many good and free things: the Metro, hop in and hop off bus, museum tickets, a river tour, walking tours, movies, discounts, wine tasting tickets (which was awesome btw), AND you get a guide book where they basically write down every single thing you can visit in Paris, what they are, where they are, what time they open, their tour times, etc etc. Incredible.

Food

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Crepes for me and eggs + baguette for my brother

As a low-budget traveller, my family and I didn’t eat that many fancy food while in Paris. Of course we tried the obvious French food: croissant (excellent), coffee (my mom said the best ones is in the Illy cafes), crepes (not that amazing, I prefect pancakes lol), macarons (Laduree is the most popular choice but my advice is to buy whichever one you see because that store is quite expensive), hot chocolate (soooo rich but a little too thick for me), and baguettes, which are great but hurt the tops of my mouth so badly. But for other meals, like times when we’ve had a huge brunch and want something quick and cheap, we’d go to Chinese restaurants, sushi places, or pizza take aways. So yeah, you totally don’t have to spend that much money on food if you don’t want to.

And finally, the Shakespeare and Company bookstore.

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It was basically the highlight of the trip to be honest. I went there on my second day – it’s located near the Notre Dam and while I was basically crying on the inside and walking around the bookstore, my mom and brother sat on the cafe next to it. I bought two books: Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell, and Candide by Voltaire. Yes, they’re both related to Paris! I was confused about what I should buy because all the books there are basically books you can buy anywhere (and for a lower price in Book Depository), and I thought, why not buy a Paris related book in Paris? So I bought those two! I also decided on buying the Voltaire one because I’ve never read a book by him and also because before I went there, we went to the Pantheon where they actually kept his tomb. So, it was like a huge inspiration to buy the book after going and see where he was buried.

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The bookshop itself was amazing, it was way smaller than I expected it to be, but luckily we went out of the peak season of tourists so it wasn’t that full. It was super crowded with books, which is awesome, and the whole vibe just felt amazing. Another small thing I pointed out while being there is you should totally buy the tote bag! It’s so adorable and you get to show off that you’ve been to Paris by bringing that bag around 😛

Anyway, that was the highlight and top tips from my short but super amazing trip to Paris! My final tip is to go there off the peak season, and on spring, because it’s not too hot and not too cold. Also, bring a camera! I unfortunately don’t have one so I had to take picture with my phone, and at the end of the day I took too many that my phone’s storage was full. I wasn’t a huge fan of France, when my friends would say that the top place they want to visit it Paris, I was like meh I’m not that interested. But I do understand why it’s such an amazing city. The architecture, the history, and the whole air around it is so different and those are the reasons why I love traveling.

 

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I’m definitely looking forward to going back there! What about you guys? Have you been to Paris? What are your top tips for people who haven’t traveled there? Let me know in the comments down below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Witty Books

Woah it’s been months since I’ve done a TTT! I’ve tried to post more original content and such instead of focusing on memes, but I thought why not do one this month? Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s topic is Top Ten Books That Makes You Laugh, but I tweaked it a little bit and changed it into my Top Ten Witty Books!

I love books that are written in a witty style and makes the reader not necessarily laugh, but at the very least feel entertained. Here are some of the books that made me feel that way, or books with characters that are just so full of wit! These books are in no particular order.

Top Witty Books I Have Read

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

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This was a favourite for me when I was a teenager. I don’t know why, but the story of boys running around and alligators in toilets and owls are just really fun to read for me. Come to think of it again now, I don’t think I remember that clearly what this book is really about. But I do remember how fun it was to read it.

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

One of my favourite series ever, and the main reason why I love this series so much is because of the amazingness of Eoin Colfer’s writing. It’s basically super duper witty, and granted, there are a lot of serious parts in the book, but there are also dozens of moments that just made me smile and the witty dialogues involving Artemis Fowl or other several hilarious characters are just precious. It’s the kind of humour I love in books. I wish there are more books with the similar kind of funny.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (review)

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I think for this book it’s not about the whole writing style really but the character Cathy herself. She has this dry humour, and you can just tell that she’s smart. Her and other characters’ sarcasm, the conversations between Cathy and Levi with them bantering, I just can’t help but add this novel in my list.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith (short review)

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This is the most recent read from the list and I just really enjoyed this novel because of its humour. It’s not that kind of laugh out loud humour, but again like some of the books above, there’s moments and lines that just make me chuckle. And of course a lot of smart wittiness that’s really fun to read.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Again with the sarcastic and smart characters! I really love the series because of Percy’s point of view, and how hilarious he is. I do think Percy is witty – he’s smart in his own way and the series show how funny he is, although he can also be sincere. And also, a lot of cute witty banter between Percy and Annabeth which I adore.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Through the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

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This is basically a humour book, although I don’t think I found it as funny as I had hoped it would be. It really is entertaining though, and some of the scenes in this book I really enjoy because of its humour and spontaneity.

Flour Babies by Anne Fine

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This is a book that I haven’t read in ages, but I do remember having a great fun reading it. Filled with great scenes and fun narration, Anne Fine is most famous for Mrs Doubtfire but I really liked this novel from her as well.

Witty Books I Have Yet To Read

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

This is a hilarious book written by and about Felicia Day, an internet icon, actress, and overall hilarious person. She’s such a quirky and sarcastic woman who can really engage her readers to laugh at her life and pain while also learning something about it. I’m still halfway through this book but I love reading her memoir so far, it’s such a funny book.

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

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I really had fun listening to the podcast of the same title on my phone a few years ago – I’ve only listened to the earlier dozen or so episodes but I really liked its humour and wittiness! I can’t wait to see it in written form, I’m sure it’ll be just as fun.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I kept saying for years and years that I want to read this book, but I never gotten round to it. I have watched the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it – very witty and has some awesome humour, which I know I will love in the book as well.

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Well, these are the top ten books that would make you laugh, or at least smile! What are the books that have stuck to you because of its humor? Tell me about them in the comments down below!